Reading-in-pair program highlights the importance of reading for elementary school students


In our effort to get books into the hands of local children with our “If you give a child a book…” campaign, we are also highlighting the efforts of schools on how they encourage students to read.

Bonita Elementary School in Santa Maria encourages students to “team up” to promote reading in the classroom.

The school has “paired classrooms”, where older and younger students pair up to spend time with books and read together.

The principal of Bonita Primary School says that this program is very effective in stimulating students’ love of reading.

“The buddies, buddies in different classrooms, an older class and a younger class, and they sit and they read together and as you can see in the room – there’s a lot of excitement around the reading, which is what we try to promote here at our school,” said Shandee Bayne, Principal of Bonita Elementary School.

Bonita Elementary School is one of our local schools that received new books from our previous If You Give A Child A Book campaign.

This year, KSBY is partnering with SESLOC to reach a fundraising goal of $40,000. SESLOC promised to match the first $10,000 donated.

To donate, click here. Or text KSBY to 50155. Message and data rates may apply. A donation of $5 is enough to give a book to a child who needs it most.

If you are a business owner and would like to participate in a match to help us reach our $40,000 goal, please contact us at [email protected].


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